Occasionally Hot Wheels throws a little surprise at us.
Well, maybe they threw a little surprise at me. When I got word that the last batch of Hot Ones arrived, I was clamoring to finally have the Subaru Brat and Toyota Supra in hand. But then Matt at Wheel Collectors told me that I had to see the new motorcycle in the batch.
Motorcycle? Nah. I am not a huge fan of motorcycles, and that includes little Hot Wheels versions. The Ducati was pretty cool, and I do like the new Matchbox BMW Police bike, but in general I don't get too excited.
Then Matt sent a photo. Wait, you are right. That is kind of cool. Lots of metal, no crazy color, just a black seat and tank. Man, I think I really like that.
That was the photo. Now I have it in hand. I love it. Do 1:64 motorcycle models have to exaggerate a few things in order to be able to take on a 5-year-old? Yes. Are the handlebars plastic? Uh-huh. Is the rear wheel a little (I mean a lot) wider than what would be on the real thing, especially on a classic bike like this one? For sure. Is it a little out of place in the Hot Ones lineup? I have no idea. Is this bike supercool? Ya'betcha...
I have no idea if I will try and collect all versions of this casting. But this version is definitely going into the collection, and it is the first bike to do so...
(And as I said in the BRAT post, I have no idea if we see this in stores. If you don't want to take that chance, go snag it at Wheel Collectors like I did...)
Hot Wheels Yamaha Vmax (2012 Hot Ones New Model):